Gob-smacked by the sheer awesomeness that these natural wonders possess, we are in search of the worlds coolest caves. Imagine standing in a cavern with hundreds of feet of million year old rock looming over and around you. As you peruse these photos don't just look, try to imagine yourself there and what it would feel like. For me, the sensation at the Cenotes was a combination of thrill, surprise, nervousness, and awe. To describe a cave experience in one word is impossible, which lead me to seeking out and sharing the coolest caves across the globe.
Humans and caves have a lengthy history and a relationship that continues today. In the past they were used as homes, burial chambers, and religious sites. Human kind etched drawings onto their walls for future generations to find and study. Like taking ice samples in the antarctic, caves even help us understand the climate from era's long ago. I think you will agree caves are fascinating and mesmerizing.
It seems fitting to start our "Worlds Coolest Caves" article off with the largest ice cave. Found within part of Austria's Alps mountain system this underground cavern stretches across more than 42 km (26 miles).
No, this is not Superman's lair. This incredible crystal cave system was only discovered in 2000! Found in Chihuahua, Mexico, it is home to some of the worlds largest crystals. A truly stunning find that is only accessible because miners have been pumping out the water in order to pursue further exploration. It is suspected once they are done their discovery tour the pumps will be turned off and no one will be able to go explore it anymore. So, get there before it is too late.
Of course, the worlds largest cave (only discovered in 2009!) has to make the list of the Coolest Caves in the World. Although gigantic in size. it is actually one of the younger caves at only 2 to 5 million years old.
Not only does Mulu Caves host the largest chamber in the world it is also where you can spy one of the most famed cave dwellers: bats. At dusk the hungry bats make an incredible exit in search of their dinner.
Typically we imagine limestone caves but there are many types of caverns throughout the world. In Patagonia, Chile is one such cave system - Marble Caves. Be warned that this is a very difficult cave to get to, but well worth the lengthy trip.
Caves are found under water too! Like Australia'a Piccaninie Ponds. Deep chambers are so well lit it is said you can 100 feet to the surface and be able to tell if it is a cloudy day! Scuba divers should have this destination on their bucket list.
Mexico is home to over 7000 cenotes in its staple tourist area of Yucatan Peninsula alone. But, my favorite has to be Ik Kil Cenote which opens up skyward giving it a heavenly feel. You can go swimming in the natural pool and explore the interior cave.
Found in America's New Mexico this natural limestone cave has easily accessible trails for you to explore. Carlsbad Cavern has a seriously gothic feel to it. There are several chambers that make the entire cave system, but the largest (aka "The Big Room") is the seventh largest cave chamber in the world.